While in the United States, as we have seen, it has been strongly criticized for its lack of realism and its prettification
of what has been called the "existential tremendum" of the century, in Italy the situation is different (Liebman 22).
At costs equal to or exceeding the cost of braces, smile prettification
via orthodontics is anything but cheap.
He has little use for prettification
through genre or folk methods and little use for the concept of art as entertainment.
So where a certain critical mentality is able to see in The Quiet Man and various other Ford films only an irresponsible tendency to escapism--"the prettification
of a lie," in David Thomson's deliberately hostile phrase (42)--those convinced of Ford's cinematic genius will instead see in The Quiet Man evidence of his enormous power to visualize, as Northrop Frye says in speaking of the archetypal power of literature, "the world of desire, not as an escape from `reality,' but as the genuine form that human life tries to imitate.
So as well as undergoing a crash course in prettification
, Gracie gets the Eliza Doolittle treatment.
Central Birmingham was wrecked by appalling road planning and commercial development in the '60s; the prettification
schemes of the early '90s did a little to ameliorate the worst of the horrors, but what the city needs now is guts and pride: more and better towers, arcades and shopping malls by all means, but ones with faith in the future rather than timid nostalgia for a past that never really existed.
Her combination of stark candor and playful fantasy distantly recalls the urban Gothic of Angela Carter, although stylistically, Liksom's wry, dispassionate reports appear to take their cue from the Finnish realists, who have long cultivated authenticity and spareness, shunning literariness and prettification
That lesson has been learnt in many other places also, where a melange of prettification
schemes, token works of public art, and a few new planters and street benches have often been vandalised within weeks, leaving the areas supposedly regenerated looking just as depressing and unloved as they did before.
In Mozart's piano concerto No 27, for example, the central movement's sublime melody was wonderfully shaped without resorting to prettification
or excessive rubato and was never slowed down from its specified larghetto.
My tart of asparagus and goat's cheese was a simple circle of decently-crisp pastry topped with the other ingredients with a mass of salad leaves for prettification
Business leaders will inevitably ask why they should pay more, on top of already hefty rates bills, to extend the prettification
of the city centre -a task that, arguably, should be carried out by the city council.
In reaction against past prettifications
, the theme of craftsmanship in an entrepreneurial society will be illustrated through objects conserved but not restored, emphasising the skill of the plasterer and the woodworker.
15 svocitem (vicomtes) 5 iec (ice) 121 lnewgda (wangled), owl, nicer, fie, wet, age, med) 9 tiecrna (certain) 11 ittiecrna (intricate) 156 eprslud (slurped, lowed, crepitation, fried, wites, gavel, odeum, bayed) 149 rsuatni (nutrias, growled, petrifactions, figured, waiters, voltage, eudemon, beadily) 6 nuh (hun) 10 aby (bay, la) 15 re (re, glowered) 35 hm (hm, waterish, megavolt) 16 ro (or, diablery) 1725 oneznuhxabyxpoe (oxyphenbutazone, prettifications
, xu) Total 2275
They're true mallrats -- middle-class suburban kids eager to raise hell -- minus Kevin Smith's prettifications
No wonder that a native Brazilian like Diegues saw fit to try to correct some of the earlier movie's idealizations and prettifications